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Rosemary

Also indexed as:Rosmarinus officinalis
Rosemary: Main Image© Steven Foster
Botanical names:
Rosmarinus officinalis

Parts Used & Where Grown

Rosemary is a small, fragrant evergreen shrub. The rosemary plant originated in the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. However, it now grows in North America as well. The leaf is used in herbal medicine.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Atherosclerosis
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Rosemary is traditionally reputed to have a positive effect on atherosclerosis.
Chronic Candidiasis
Refer to label instructions as Rosemary Oil1 star[1 star]
Volatile oils from rosemary have been shown to have significant antifungal action. Doctors recommend enteric-coated capsules, which break down in the intestines instead of the stomach.
Indigestion, Heartburn, and Low Stomach Acidity
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Rosemary is a gas-relieving herb that may be helpful in calming an upset stomach.
Infection
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Rosemary is an herb that directly attack microbes.
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Refer to label instructions as Rosemary Oil1 star[1 star]
Rosemary oil has been used historically to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Applied to painful joints, it may help relieve rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.

Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

Throughout history, rosemary was used to preserve meats.1 It has long played a role in European herbalism and popular folklore. Sprigs of rosemary were considered a love charm, a sign of remembrance, and a way to ward off the plague. Rosemary was used by herbalists as a tonic for the elderly and to help with indigestion.2 In ancient China, rosemary was used for headaches and topically for baldness.3

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